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KLC Research Hubs

KLC seeks to nurture and practice quality Christian scholarship across the academic disciplines oriented toward the question how then shall we live? One of the ways in which we do this is through research hubs that each deal with particular areas of study. Below you can find information on the research hubs currently meeting, as well as news regarding research hubs that are in the pipeline.

Economics Research Hub

The KLC Economics Research Hub seeks to generate rigorous scholarship at the intersection of economics and theology with both contemporary application and Christian perspective. Hub members are committed to actively generating such scholarship. To facilitate this scholarship, the Hub provides opportunities for community, collaboration, and support among its members.

The Economics Research Hub meets about six times a year, five of which via Zoom. The sixth meeting will be in person and will likely coincide with the annual meeting of the Association for Christian Economics UK, often in Cambridge in early July. The meetings provide opportunities for members not only to share research with each other to gather feedback, but also to read and discuss works relevant to the members’ scholarship.

You can see the first Zoom gathering of KLC’s Economics Research Hub in 2022, in partnership with the Association for Christian Economics UK, discussing the topic of The Theology and Economics of the Minimum Wage.

Hub Chair: Dr. Robert C. Tatum, Cary Caperton Owen Distinguished Professor in Economics, University of North Carolina Asheville (USA).

For inquiries contact Dr. Tatum at rtatum@unca.edu.

The Theology and Economics of the Minimum Wage, March 2022

Sustainability Hub

The 21st century has been marked by the ecological crisis and the question of human flourishing in a brave new world.  The issue of sustainable development dominates the political, social, economic and technological agendas. If we believe that the Gospel is an all-encompassing message of reconciliation and renewal of all things in Christ, how should we engage critical issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, climate justice, resilience, biotechnologies, food security, clean energy, fair trade, pollution and waste disposal? 

This hub has two main goals:

  1. To think biblically about the environment, that is, the network of interrelationships between God, the Creator and Redemeer of all things, and the cosmos (κόσμον) he so loved, as well as, the interrelationships between human beings and other creatures.
  2. To think biblically over the question of flourishing or eudaimonia (εὐδαιμονία), that is, the question of the good life: A life worth living.

These are the foundational elements to the concept of sustainability. 

To this end, we will engage the Scriptures and the ecotheological traditions which have emerged out of a green hermeneutic. We will consider Christian as well as Jewish green readings of the Bible. We will also maintain an interdisciplinary approach which highlights the importance of the interrelationships between theology, philosophy and the special sciences for the understanding of the world and of ourselves. The insights so gained should equip us to discern the best courses of action which can be translated into sustainable policies and ultimately as sustainable ways of living.

Procedure:

We will meet Saturdays from 19:00 to 20:30 CET every three months. Our first meeting will take place 23 July 2022. We will always engage a text which all participants should read in advance. We will start with a short introductory presentation to the topic of 20 minutes followed by a discussion. 

To indicate your interest in the Hub or to ask questions, please contact Dr Victor Morales at explorador70@gmail.com.

Mathematics Research Hub

The KLC Mathematics Research Hub will be established to form a distinctive Christian research group in mathematics and physics which is rooted in spirituality for the glory of God and the flourishing of the Church and the world.

We thus seek committed Christian academics with expertise in mathematics and physics — or a related field — that are eager to engage in cutting edge research with an emphasis on creatively exploring foundational problems in physics and mathematics. The study of the interface between mathematics and theology will also be strongly encouraged and pursued.

The KLC Mathematics Research Hub aims to be a leading European research unit that will facilitate high impact research in mathematics and physics. We want to create the space and be a resource for the members to establish themselves as world class researchers. 

In order to keep the research objectives of the group focused we will limit the group size to 4-6 members for the first year or two. Meetings will take place once a month to start. 

Various books and articles will be used as a foundation for the discussions with the aim to establish a joint research program. Each member should also develop and pursue his own research and feed back into the group through presentations, ideas and general input. It is, however, acceptable if some members of the group choose to focus on the plenum project rather than individual projects if other commitments prevent research time. 

KLC provides an avenue to host lecture series and receive external input from esteemed scholars around the world on topics of interest. Presenting research at conferences and Universities will be encouraged and facilitated. The submission of external funding proposals will be a major objective once the group has produced some outcome. 

The members will become fellows/associate fellows of the Kirby Laing Centre and encouraged to take part in the wider discussion going on at the Centre. Many sessions and reading groups are available for formation both spiritually and professionally. As a fellow of KLC one will enjoy interaction with world class academics in various disciplines, great books readily available for use from the KLC library and spiritually formative discussions and relationships. Its location in close proximity to both the University of Cambridge and Tyndale House gives opportunity for visibility, collaborations and networking among the world’s top researchers and academics.

Academics with expertise in one or more of the following subjects are especially encouraged to apply: cosmology, astrophysics, mathematical relativity, topology, differential geometry, category theory and logic.

Interested applicants should send CV, cover letter and a short research summary to mikael.normann@usn.no.

Junior Scholars Hub

We are pleased to announce that a special international and multidisciplinary Junior Scholars Hub is starting in January 2022 which will be studying Dooyeweerd’s classic text, In the Twilight of Western Thought. This Hub will meet monthly from January through August. Each month will focus on a chapter with a short introduction and then multi-disciplinary discussion. The goal of the Hub is to facilitate the formation of a distinctly Christian framework for scholarship which is marked by constructive missional engagement with our various disciplines – within a joyful celebration of Christ’s faithful and redemptive presence in all things.

Hub Chair: Dr. Michael Wagenman, KLC Senior Research Fellow, Director of the Scripture Collective.

Dr. Wagenman lives in London, Ontario, Canada, where he is professor of theology and culture at Western University. He also teaches New Testament Interpretation at Redeemer University. He earned his PhD in theology at the University of Bristol (UK) under the supervision of KLC’s Director, Dr. Craig Bartholomew. His interests are in 20th century theological and philosophical reflection on power within culture and society and how the church is rooted and grounded contextually for mission. His work attempts to bridge the massively influential work of Abraham Kuyper with postmodern attention on power. Dr. Wagenman has written The Power of the Church: The Sacramental Ecclesiology of Abraham Kuyper (Pickwick, 2020), Engaging the World with Abraham Kuyper (Lexham, 2019), Together for the World: The Book of Acts (Lexham: 2016), and numerous book chapters and articles. He has been a pastoral and academic mentor for nearly thirty years.

To indicate your interest in the Hub or to ask questions, please contact Dr. Wagenman at michael@kirbylaingcentre.co.uk.

Power in Society Research Hub

KLC’s Power in Society Research Hub seeks to generate rigorous scholarship at the intersection of philosophy, theology, and biblical scholarship on the topic of power within culture and society with both contemporary analysis and Christian praxis. Hub members are expected to be committed to actively generating scholarship on an aspect of this complex topic, though the amount and types of contributions will vary based on personal and professional constraints. To facilitate this scholarship, the Hub will provide opportunities for community, collaboration, and support among its members and the wider KLC community.

As currently envisioned, the Power in Society Research Hub would meet remotely three times per year (given the international make-up of the Hub). The meetings would not only provide opportunities for members to share research with each other and to gather feedback, but also to provide opportunities to read and discuss works relevant to the members’ scholarship. With administrative support from KLC, joint projects are also possible through the Hub and can be a primary focus of members’ efforts together. Additionally, KLC welcomes article submissions by Hub members for its new magazine, The Big Picture, and KLC can facilitate other-disciplinary input on scholarship generated by Hub members as needed.

Emphasizing quality over quantity, membership in the Hub will be limited. New members are asked to make an initial one-year commitment. Members should propose an active research agenda to be part of the Hub, share progress on that work at least once per year, and commit to providing substantive feedback on the work of others in the Hub. Members are encouraged to submit their work for publication, either within KLC or through other means and to organize and present at conferences and other events where they would find it beneficial to do so. Always cognisant of its goal to further theological scholarship, the Hub’s chair – in consultation with the KLC Director and Hub members – will assess its efforts annually.

Hub Chair: Dr. Michael Wagenman, KLC Senior Research Fellow, Director of the Scripture Collective.

Dr. Wagenman lives in London, Ontario, Canada, where he is chaplain and professor of theology and culture at Western University. He also teaches New Testament Interpretation at Redeemer University part-time. He is Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Scripture Collective at KLC. He earned his PhD in theology at the University of Bristol (UK). His interests are in 20th century theological and philosophical reflection on power within culture and society and how the church is rooted and grounded contextually. His work attempts to bridge the massively influential work of Abraham Kuyper with postmodern attention on power. Dr. Wagenman has written The Power of the Church: The Sacramental Ecclesiology of Abraham Kuyper (Pickwick, 2020), Engaging the World with Abraham Kuyper (Lexham, 2019), Together for the World: The Book of Acts (Lexham: 2016), and numerous book chapters and articles. He has been a pastoral and academic mentor for nearly thirty years.

Whereas the generation of interdisciplinary and faith-informed scholarship may seem daunting for many of us trained disciplinarily, obstacles can be more easily overcome, foundations laid, and research developed in a supportive scholarly community. As such, Dr. Wagenman invites those who have a desire to produce and support such scholarship to reach out to him about the possibility of being a member in KLC’s Power in Society Research Hub.

To indicate your interest in the Hub or to ask questions, please contact Dr. Wagenman at michael@kirbylaingcentre.co.uk.

Ababhali-African Writers' Collective

This exciting hub is a group of predominantly black South African writers. At present they are exploring the possibility of publishing a book called Black and Evangelical. This hub meets four times per year and if possible once face to face in order to help one another to develop as authors, to sharpen one another through constructive dialogue, to read papers to one another, etc.

Hub Chair: Dr. Vuyani Sindo.

To indicate your interest in the Hub or to ask questions, please contact istine@kirbylaingcentre.co.uk.

Technology Research Hub

The KLC Technology Research Hub wishes to explore the implications of the Christian faith in the area of technology, exploring issues and challenges related to the ways Christians can faithfully exercise responsibility in this important cultural arena.

The Tech hub is currently not open for membership applications.

Hub Chairs: Dr. Joshua K. Smith and Dr. Derek Schuurman.

For any inquiries contact either josh@joshuaksmith.org or ds33@calvin.edu.

Contemporary Cultural Analysis Hub

Our Inter-Disciplinary Group has been attending to this subject for the last few years. We are now establishing a hub in this area of Contemporary Cultural Analysis. For all our research it is vital that we have some sense of what time it is in our culture/s today. It will convene in March.

Hub Chair: Dr. Craig Bartholomew, KLC Director.

For further information you can contact Craig at craig@kirbylaingcentre.co.uk.

The Intellectual Life Hub

For the past year our Inter-Disciplinary Group has been working through Sertillanges’ profound work The Intellectual Life. This hub will complete our review of Sertillanges, and work towards a book proposal and publication in this area. It will meet fairly regularly until this work is complete. After that the hub will cease or continue with new projects in view.

Hub Chair: Dr. Craig Bartholomew, KLC Director.

For further information contact craig@kirbylaingcentre.co.uk.